Jonathan Rudy: Epic Music for Organ CD
From St. John Cantius Church, Chicago
CD jewel case, 14 panel insert
Product #: SY9872
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From the heart of Chicago, St. John Cantius presents recent first-prize-winner of American Guild of Organists Competition, Jonathan Rudy with a new recording entitled Epic Music for Organ

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With exhilarating renditions of the famous “Ride of the Valkyries,” the dreamy “Clair de Lune,” and organ classics by Bach, Widor, and Mendelssohn, listeners will be also be electrified by the famous “Danse Macabre” and Dupré‘s “Symphonie Passion.”

Recorded at the venerable St. John Cantius and Released on AimHigher Recordings/Sony Classical in 2017.

About Jonathan Rudy

Jonathan D. Rudy is recognized by colleagues and audiences for excellence as a performer, church musician, improviser, educator, and conductor. A native of Batavia, Illinois, Mr. Rudy’s recent concert appearances, including recitals, master classes, competitions, and dedicatory/commemorative events, have included locations all across the United States. Recent performances include an appearance at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston TX.

Mr. Rudy is a laureate of several performance competitions and most recently won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the American Guild of Organists 2014 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, the Guild’s premiere young organist competition. He was also a finalist in the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, as well as the Second Prize Winner of the Regional Competition for Young Organists (Quimby Competition) in 2011. He received the Immanuel Organ Scholar Award in 2009 (Evanston, IL) in recognition of excellence in performance and sacred music, as well as high praise and prizes during competitions hosted in Detroit, MI, Bloomington, IN, Wheaton, IL, and Glen Ellyn, IL. He has served as conductor for the Valparaiso University Men’s Chorus, the AGO Bloomington Choralfest Ensemble, and the choral and instrumental ensembles at his church positions, amongst other leadership positions.

Mr. Rudy is completing his Doctoral Degree in Organ at Indiana University, where he also received his Masters Degree in Organ and Sacred Music as a student of Janette Fishell. At Indiana University he also studied improvisation and sacred music under the direction of Bruce Neswick with minors in Music Theory and Choral Conducting. Mr. Rudy completed his undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University, studying Organ and Sacred Music with Lorraine Brugh and Karel Paukert. While at Valparaiso, he was initiated into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honors society, and received the Reidenbach Award in Church Music. In his early years he studied organ with Karl Bruhn and piano with his mother, Melinda J. Rudy.

Jonathan D. Rudy currently serves as Music Director at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cookeville, TN, where he lives with his beautiful wife, Katie. He tutors students privately in Aural Skills, Music Theory, Piano, and Voice, and maintains an amateur recording studio. Mr. Rudy has served as Organist at Central Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute, IN, as Associate Instructor of Music Theory and Aural Skills at Indiana University, and as Dean and Member-At-Large of the American Guild of Organists Bloomington Chapter (Region V).